Design and Technology
At St Chad’s Primary School, we believe that the subject of Design and Technology is essential in preparing our children for tomorrow’s rapidly changing world and technologies. DT is an inspiring, thought provoking and practical subject, which the children at St Chad’s embrace with enthusiasm. With curiosity, imagination, and creativity, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw upon other disciplines such as maths, science, engineering, computing and art. Children learn to take risks, and become resourceful, innovative, and enterprising learners.
At St Chad’s, all pupils will
- Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
- Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users.
- Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
- Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
We hold yearly DT days at St Chad’s which have proven very popular amongst the children. They have the chance to explore, build, make and design products that can be used in everyday life. Last year, the children supported the charity ‘Practical action’ which aims to use technology as a key to end poverty in developing countries. The children made a variety of products including wind turbines and water filters. Along with our yearly DT days, we believe that taking part in community projects is vital to inspire our children if they wish to pursue careers in STEM related areas in the future. Currently, every year, we take part in the ‘Fly to the line’ project in partnership with the RAF in Cosford. Children enjoy designing and making gliders to enter into the competition; we had some successful finalists from St Chad’s in the competition last year.